Tips to Adapt Your Safety Programs to a Down Economy Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips to Adapt Your Safety Programs to a Down Economy Caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic

14th December 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the economy hence forcing businesses and organizations to pare back their budgets across the board. Most have companies been forced to lay off some of their employees while others have reduced a certain percentage of the salaries and allowances as they adapt to the challenging times. With this trend, even safety programs may not be immune, even as safety demands even more attention and resources as per the guidelines from the government and health bodies as we battle with the virus.

As far as safety is concerned, the stakes of cutting back may be very high. Managements will tend to jettison the efforts of ensuring workers safety and wellbeing in favour of the needs that seem more pressing. However, employers and safety officers should consider the fact that employees get distracted during tough times, and this makes them more vulnerable hence the need to make vigilance to safety vital. Some are worried they’re going to be laid off, and their concentration and productivity will be affected. Cutting back on safety training and investment in safe products can be very costly, especially in potential worker injuries and huge fines. Below are some of the tips to help you respond better to unpredictable budget constraints without compromising employee safety.

1. Turn to Your Workforce

Your workers have a better understanding of the tasks and risks involved than anyone else. If your budget for outsourcing professional trainers has been cut, you can opt to create an employee trainer brigade. Here, you’ll need to look for competent volunteers experienced in safety practices and willing to teach others. You should start by training the volunteers on their roles and the procedures to follow. Convey the seriousness of the brigade by encouraging feedback and addressing the issues raised.


2. Consider Alternative Methods for Buying

With a small budget, it can be very difficult to purchase some expensive safety equipment without compromising other products or services. Good news is, there are several other ways that you can access the equipment without having to purchase it. You may rent the equipment or get it on credit at cheaper and friendlier terms. You may also decide to go for second-hand products at affordable prices. Therefore, before purchasing any equipment, consider if there are other better options. But you need to ensure the products you’re obtaining are CE marked fabrications, which are products designed as per the relevant EU health and safety standards.

3. Polish Your Sales Skills

Safety officers always have to sell the benefits of investing in workplace health and safety. During difficult times, employers tend to be more reluctant to invest in safety, especially when they don’t see the value of returns in numbers. You should present your facts and talking points in a manner that will convince the management to consider the importance of health and safety in your business. Convince your leaders to show commitment to workplace health and safety. Choose a communication method that is more effective to polish your skills and get the management to buy your proposals. Face-to-face communication and e-mails can be the best methods to use.